The FRFG awards each two years the Demog­ra­phy award to young researchers. This time the awards top­ic is:

„How can oppor­tu­ni­ties für young peo­ple be acti­vat­ed in regions with a shrink­ing population?“

The Insti­tute for a Bet­ter Demo­graph­ic Future awards the Demog­ra­phy Prize for Young Sci­en­tists every two years since 2007. The dead­line for all entries was Sep­tem­ber 1st 2009. Also its sec­ond edi­tion, 2008/2009, is char­ac­ter­ized by the high qual­i­ty of the replies: ten arti­cles writ­ten by a total of 17 Euro­pean authors are in the final round of the com­pe­ti­tion. It is also remark­able that the authors come from a great vari­ety of sci­en­tif­ic fields: eth­nol­o­gy, social sci­ences, polit­i­cal sci­ence, cul­tur­al man­age­ment, eco­nom­ics, psy­chol­o­gy, social ped­a­gogy, phi­los­o­phy, jour­nal­ism, geog­ra­phy and busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion. The diver­si­ty of the arti­cles there­by mir­rors the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary rel­e­vance of the top­ic. In addi­tion to their over­all qual­i­ty, the papers fea­ture new, inno­v­a­tive approach­es and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research designs.

The jury has award­ed three of the sub­mit­ted articles.

First Award:
“Möglichkeit­en und Chan­cen junger Men­schen in schrumpfend­en Städten” (full text) by Felix Kroh

und “Ver­schwend´ nicht deine Jugend” (full text) by Karsten Bär, Anja Erd­mann and Corin­na Hamann

Spe­cial Award:
“Zachte G: a mod­ern approach towards build­ing net­works for young peo­ple in a shrink­ing region“ (full text) by Maya Rocak and Mau­rice Hermans


On March 5th 2010 the win­ners were hon­oured dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings of a sym­po­sium where they were also giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present their work.

You can find more infor­ma­tion on the 2nd Demog­ra­phy Prize, as well as the award­ed works, here (in German).


The Jury is made up of:

• Dr. Chris­tine Han­ne­mann (Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­si­ty of Berlin)

• Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich (Insti­tute for Futures Stud­ies and Tech­nol­o­gy Assess­ment, Berlin)

• Prof. Dr. Hein­rich Mäd­ing (Acad­e­my for Spa­tial Research and Plan­ning, Hannover)

• Dr. Hans-Ulrich Oel (

• Gertrude Penn-Bres­sel (Fed­er­al Envi­ron­men­tal Agency of Germany)

• Sylvia Schenk (ex-Coun­cil­lor of Frankfurt/Main, Chair­woman of Trans­paren­cy Inter­na­tion­al Deutschland)

• Prof. Dr. Udo Simo­nis (Social Sci­ence Research Cen­ter Berlin)